The Senators have signed Tyler Motte to a one-year deal worth $1.35 million.
The Rangers signed Ryan Carpenter to a one-year deal worth $750,000, Swedish free agent center Gustav Rydahl to a one-year deal at $750,000 and invited Jimmy Vesey to training camp on a PTO.
Adam Rotter: This is a contract that drives you crazy because it seems like one that the Rangers could have found a way to fit in. The issue is that Motte wasn’t signing this contract in July. It was believed that Motte was going to be a hot commodity when free agency opened and get a two-year, possibly three-year deal at more than $2 million dollars. It seemed like he was, and deservedly, going to get a nice contract that the Rangers just wouldn’t be able to fit. After signing Trocheck the Rangers had to keep as much space as possible to get Kaapo Kakko signed and keep money available to upgrade at the deadline. The market for Motte either didn’t develop or his agent overplayed his hand and now Motte signs a one-year deal and gets to do this all again next summer. The Rangers couldn’t just wait for Motte to lower his asking price because another team could have signed him at any point and the Rangers would have missed out on him and any other potential targets for that role. They signed Carpenter, Vesey could get a contract and they will put together a fourth line of sorts by committee.
He joins arguably the most interesting team in the league after all Ottawa did this offseason. They are certainly thinking playoffs, but if that isn’t in the cards, then Motte could be an option for the Rangers, again, at the deadline.